Gurinder Chadha

Director, Screenwriter, Radio news reporter
It was no surprise that director Gurinder Chadha, despite a traditional upbringing in a Punjabi household, did more than what was expected of an Indian woman. Her distinctly Anglo surroundings in Southall, London did ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1960 in Kenya

Filmography

Director (12)

It's a Wonderful Afterlife 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Quais De Seine") (Director)

Bride and Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Bend It Like Beckham 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Bhaji On the Beach 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Acting Our Age 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

A Nice Arrangement 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

I'm British But... 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (10)

Mumbai Musical 2015 (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

It's a Wonderful Afterlife 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Quais De Seine") (Screenplay)

The Mistress of Spices 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bride and Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bend It Like Beckham 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bhaji On the Beach 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

I'm British But... 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (7)

Mumbai Musical 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

It's a Wonderful Afterlife 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mistress of Spices 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bride and Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bend It Like Beckham 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Music (2)

Bend It Like Beckham 2003 (Movie)

Background Vocals("Hot Hot Hot") (Vocals)

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

song executive producer("Wipe Out" "Pipeline") (Song)
Actor (1)

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

Reporter No 1 (Actor)

Biography

It was no surprise that director Gurinder Chadha, despite a traditional upbringing in a Punjabi household, did more than what was expected of an Indian woman. Her distinctly Anglo surroundings in Southall, London did more than just fuel her curiosity about other cultures; she sometimes outright rejected her family's heritage - like learning classical Indian dances or learning how to cook Aloo Gobi - in order to find her own identity. But as she grew older and more aware of the burgeoning Anglo-Asian subculture right under her nose, she developed an active interest in her mixed cultural identity, wearing traditional Indian dress and headwear with Doc Martins, for example, while becoming disenchanted with how her people were perceived. Her displeasure fueled her desire to see better, accurate portrayals of Indians in popular culture as she strove to become a film director.

Relationships

Paul Berges

Husband
divorced

Jeffrey Taylor

Husband

EDUCATION

wrote dissertation on the representation of Indian women in British cinema

Milestones

2005

Directed "Bride and Prejudice" a Bollywood update of the Jane Austen's classic tale

2002

Helmed the sports-themed "Bend It Like Beckham"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Comedy or Musical Picture

2000

Second feature, "What's Cooking?", premiered at Sundance Film Festival

1996

Had small role as a reporter in John Landis' "The Stupids"

1995

Helmed the British TV-movie "Rich Deceiver" (BBC)

1994

Directed the short "What Do You Call an Indian Woman Who's Funny?"

1993

Feature directorial debut, "Bhaji at the Beach"

1989

Short film directorial debut, "I'm British But..."

1961

Left Kenya with family; moved to Southall, London (date approximate)

Worked as a radio news reporter for the BBC

Directed several TV documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 and the British Film Institute, including "Acting Our Age" (1991) and "Pain, Passion & Profit" (1992)

Will direct John Travolta and Jennifer Lopez in a big-screen version of the 1980s TV show "Dallas"

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